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Judge refuses to dismiss Prozac birth defects lawsuit

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A lawsuit filed by a woman who claims taking Eli Lilly & Co.’s antidepressant Prozac during pregnancy caused her child to be born with a heart defect will move forward after an Alabama federal court refused the drug company’s motion to dismiss the case. U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins found that the plaintiff, Dana Fields, had a genuine dispute against Eli Lilly, and that she could show factual causation that her doctor would not have prescribed the drug to her had he known the risks, even though the doctor is now deceased. Fields claims that in 1996 she took Prozac ... Read More

Big private investment will help Blue Bell resume ice cream making

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Blue Bell Creameries said that a “significant investment” from a Texas oil billionaire will help it get back on its feet after being shuttered for months following a Listeria outbreak linked to its ice cream products. Sid Bass, a prominent Texas billionaire, invested an undisclosed amount to the privately owned ice cream manufacturer. The company said the investment would allow it to start making test batches in its factories once again. In May, Blue Bell CEO Paul Kruse told the company’s small group of investors that it required up to $125 million to recover from “a financial crisis that could ... Read More

BCBS of Alabama announces free identity theft protection following BCBS-related cyberattacks

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With cyberattacks becoming more prevalent in the U.S., health care company Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) of Alabama hopes to protect its eligible members by offering free identity theft protection. Known as Alabama’s largest health insurer, BCBS of Alabama is choosing to take the road less traveled by opting to protect its consumer before a potential data breach attempts to compromise its personal or financial records. Alabama won’t be the only state receiving the free identity theft protection, but all BCBS plans across the country are currently intended to receive the service. Unfortunately, certain BCBS branches in other states, such ... Read More

Chinese Drywall Class Action plaintiffs await ruling on damages

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Nearly 3,000 homeowners who claim their homes and personal property have been ruined by cheaply made Chinese drywall await a federal judge’s decision after a trial to determine damages in a class-action lawsuit concluded Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Edon Fallon, who certified the class, heard testimony from expert witnesses in New Orleans and will decide damages without the participation of a jury. The judge plans to make a decision toward the end of the month, after meeting with attorneys from both sides. The class action includes homeowners from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia who contend the defective drywall ... Read More

Blue Bell Creameries’ Alabama plant to start trial runs in July

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Blue Bell Creameries said its Sylacauga, Ala., production plant will start trial runs later this month, moving a step closer to resuming normal production. The announcement comes as sweet news to millions of Blue Bell fans who haven’t eaten their favorite ice cream brand since it started recalling some of its products for bacterial contamination in March. The company expanded the recall April 20 to include all of its products amid a national outbreak of listeria-induced illnesses traced to Blue Bell ice cream, including three deaths. The Brenham, Texas-based company said the Alabama trial runs are tentatively set to start ... Read More

Federal authorities cite Alabama manufacturer for endangering worker safety

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Federal safety regulators cited a Troy, Ala., plastics manufacturer with multiple serious safety violations endangering worker safety after a series of investigations found factory conditions exposed workers to a high risk of amputation, electrocution, falling, and other workplace hazards. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), inspectors cited HB&G Building Products for 19 safety violations, including 15 the agency deemed as serious. Violations included exposing workers to falling hazards; amputation from heavy machinery without safety guards; electrocution from improperly exposed wires; and other dangers posed by the improper storage of fuel and oxygen cylinders, workplace obstructions, and lack of ... Read More

Gulf Shores parasailing company under investigation after accident

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GULF SHORES, Ala. — A father and his 7-year-old daughter survived a parasailing accident in Gulf Shores, Ala., last week when the line tethering them to the boat snapped and sent them careening 400 feet into the Gulf. U.S. Coast Guard Commander Robert Compher told AL.com that the father and daughter were rescued by the towboat that had been pulling them. The father needed to have stitches for a gash to his forehead, Steve Vrondran, owner of Perdido Key Parasail, told AL.com. The girl was reportedly fine after bumping her head in the accident. A powerful storm with winds of ... Read More

BP oil spill settlement the largest of its kind in U.S. history

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BP reached a record $18.73-billion agreement with the U.S. government and five Gulf states Thursday to resolve most legal claims stemming from its 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, considered the biggest environmental catastrophe in the U.S. The settlement is the largest environmental settlement in U.S. history. If approved by the court, the settlement will require BP to pay the federal government $5.5 billion in civil penalties for violating the Clean Water Act. NP subsidiary BPXP will make those payments over a 15-year period. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) said that 80 percent of the Clean ... Read More

Georgia company pays $3 million for sickening BP oil spill workers with ammonia release

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Georgia-based Millard Refrigerated Services has agreed to pay the U.S. $3 million to resolve allegations that it released thousands of pounds of potentially deadly anhydrous ammonia from one of its warehouses, sickening 152 people in Alabama who were cleaning up BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The U.S. Justice Department said that the company had failed to take adequate measures to prevent its ammonia production systems in Theodore, Ala., from hydraulic shock, which can cause “catastrophic failures” in the specialized equipment. As a result, on Aug. 23, 2010, the equipment released 32,000 pounds of the noxious gas into the air, where it traveled ... Read More

Plaintiffs gear up for Tylenol liver damage lawsuit

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Plaintiffs suing Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary McNeil-PPC Inc. in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) claiming the companies’ popular over-the-counter painkiller Tylenol caused liver damage, filed a motion to stop the defendants from testifying that their own family members have taken the medicine. The plaintiffs steering committee (PSC) argued that allowing such testimony would only prejudice juries. Plaintiffs cited a March 2014 ruling in a different lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson involving the OTC painkiller Motrin and the risk of a life-threatening allergic reaction known as Stevens Johnson Syndrome. In that case, a Louisiana federal court granted a plaintiff’s request ... Read More